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The real benefits of having a gps in your car

The Real Benefits of Having a GPS in Your Car

By now you’ve probably heard the television and radio ads urging you to “Get a Garmin” this holiday season. But what are the real benefits of owning a consumer GPS device? Since we know you’re not the kind of person to simply buy what the TV tells you, we’ve provided the following objective list of reasons to own a GPS from Garmin, Magellan, Tom Tom or any number of consumer electronics companies.

What are the Benefits of Owning a Car GPS Device?

So let’s cut to the chase. Are GPS devices just cool gadgets to show off to your friends or do they have some practical purpose in your life? Here are some of the things you can do with a GPS device:

- Get directions. Obviously, the number one selling point of any GPS is that it helps you get from Point A to Point B without getting lost. New GPS technology allows you to pre-program your trip into the device and then receive directions via turn-by-turn navigation. On many Garmin GPS, the information is even delivered by a friendly computerized voice.

- Use it as a phone. The Magellan Maestro and other recent GPS devices now integrate Bluetooth technology into the device, so you can now use the GPS as a hands-free phone. With concerns about safety due to cell phone use in the car (and many states having passed hands-free cell phone laws) this feature is more relevant than ever.

- Drive more safely. As amazing as it sounds, many GPS now provide warnings about upcoming obstacles in the road as well as advice about which lane has the least amount of potential traffic. These features give you an advantage over the unexpected bumps in the road that could pose a real safety risk to you or your family.

- Get there quicker. In the “old days” you had to bite your tongue and wait it out when traffic got tough. Now, GPS devices help make the traffic snarl a thing of the past. Many systems are linked to your local highway traffic reports and can clue you in when you need to take an alternate route. In fact, GPS technology has become so advanced that it can even provide that alternate route on the fly!

- Find something to do. Magellan, Garmin and other companies are now preloading their auto GPS with links to thousands of restaurants, movie theatres and other entertainment options. You can search by what you want to do tonight, and the GPS will provide a wealth of options (and even tell you how to get there).

- Enjoy your trip. If you’re taking your family on a car trip, pack your toothbrush and your GPS! GPS can provide information about all the points-of-interest along the way. You’ll get everything from national monuments to scenic overlooks – and everything fun in between. The GPS device will tell you the most efficient way to get there, so you won’t end up wasting a lot of money on gas.

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Bharatbook.com : Specialty Silicas – Fastest growing sector of the market

Specialty Silicas ( http://www.bharatbook.com/Market-Research-Reports/Specialty-Silicas.html ) study analyzes the US specialty silica industry. It presents historical demand and forecasts for 2013 and 2018.
 
US demand to grow 3.7% annually through 2013
US specialty silica demand is projected to increase 3.7 percent per year to $1.7 billion in 2013, led by healthy advances in the large precipitated silica segment. Overall volume gains are forecast to accelerate from the pace of the 2003-2008 period, benefitting from an expected rebound in nondurable goods output through 2013. Despite this improvement in volume growth, advances in market value will be limited by a significant moderation in specialty silica pricing following the exceptionally rapid price increases that characterized much of the 2003-2008 period.

Precipitated silica to be fastest growing type
Precipitated silica accounts for the largest share of specialty silica demand in both volume and value terms. This silica type will also constitute the fastest-growing segment of the market, aided by above average gains in its primary market — tire rubber. Increasing use of precipitated silica as a replacement for carbon black in tire reinforcement applications in the US will offer significant opportunities for growth.

Fumed silica represents the second largest product type in value terms, owing to its higher price relative to other silica types. Demand for fumed silica is expected to be healthy, benefitting from gains in small volume markets such as plastics, adhesives and sealants, cosmetics and toiletries, and food and beverages. However, growth in the large electronics market — where fumed silica finds use in chemical mechanical planarization slurries — will slow significantly from the pace of the previous decade.
 
Tire rubber market to offer best growth opportunities
The rubber industry is projected to remain the largest specialty silica market through 2013. All types of silica are used in rubber applications, but demand is dominated by precipitated silica, with fumed and fused types also accounting for appreciable shares of demand. This market can be divided into tire and nontire applications, with the nontire segment accounting for more than half of demand. However, the tire rubber market is expected to expand more rapidly, surpassing specialty silica volume demand in the nontire segment by 2013. Above-average gains will reflect greater use of precipitated silica in the production of “green” tires, which offer increased fuel efficiency and enhanced performance relative to conventional carbon black tires. Demand will benefit from the growing popularity of these tires in the US due to recent high fuel costs and increasing environmental awareness. Efforts on the part of auto makers to produce more fuel-efficient vehicles in order to comply with new corporate average fuel economy standards will also support expansion.

The cosmetics and toiletries market, which represents the second largest market in value terms, will also advance at an above-average pace through 2013. Precipitated silica accounts for the vast majority of demand this market, and will benefit from a rebound in toothpaste production. Continued growth in high performance toothpaste and gel sales will also support advances, as will specialty silica use in non-toothpaste cosmetic and toiletry applications such as skin and hair care products.

Study coverage
It presents historical demand data (1998, 2003, 2008) and forecasts for 2013 and 2018 by product (e.g., precipitated silica, fumed silica, silica gel, silica sol, fused silica) and end-use market (rubber, cosmetics and toiletries, coatings and inks, chemicals, plastics, electrical and electronic equipment). The study also considers market environment factors, discusses competitive variables evaluates company market share and profiles 30 industry participants.
 

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